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Stunning Pre-Fall 2011 Nina Ricci Runway Tiered & Ruffled Silk Organza Dot Dress

The Nina Ricci brand was founded in 1932, at 20 Rue de Capucines in Paris and quickly became one of the top couture ateliers in the world. This dress is from the main Nina Ricci line and it is from the Pre-Fall 2011 collection. and Its twin was shown layered over a black top on model Caroline Brasch Nielsen. Peter Copping was the head of the atelier during this time period and he had been there since 2009. His take over of the label was met with rave reviews and he was asked to reinvigorate the then floundering label. He remained there until 2015 when he departed to take over Oscar de la Renta. That give us a date on this piece to about mid-way of his tenure. In the review of the collection that season by Vogue, this dress was one that was specifically noted  saying; 'Since taking over the reins at the romantic French label in 2009, Copping has had the most success with dresses, and there were lots of lovely options at his intimate show this morning. In addition to that red-carpet stunner, he showed a polka-dot chiffon that fell in tiers to the floor and a bustier hourglass number in tweed, both of which were worn over clingy knit sweaters for a played down, casual look''

This was one of the standout pieces from the presentation and it is gorgeous and even better in person. I know that it was styled over a slim fitting top to give it a more casual feel as Vogue noted above but I think it is far more beautiful worn on its own as the gorgeous dress it was intended to be. The dress is a fantastical confection of dotted silk organza tiers that run from the top of the dress to the hem. The bodice is suspended from the shoulder with straps made of the same silk. Each strap curves over the shoulder and then the first ruffle of silk starts where they attach to the dress. The bodice is cut into a modified sweetheart neckline that has a pretty vertical ruffle running down the center. More vertical ruffles run over and around the bodice to the back. A soft gathered band highlights the waist and acts as a break between the ruffles as they change direction on the skirt. At the bottom it hooks to close and there's an open slit that runs from that hook to the waist for a pretty flash of skin. Under that the skirt falls to the floor in a dramatic sweep of skirts that widen out as they near the floor. Set onto the silk of the skirt is a spiraling band of ruffles that create a slight angle as it cascades down the skirt. This cut is incredibly flattering and ruffles and silk move around you beautifully with the slightest movement. The skirt is cut longer at the back so in addition to all those beautiful ruffles you get this sweep of skirts as you walk away. It is truly magical. It appears you have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a burgundy silk and closes with a back hidden set zipper. Tagged a 36. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. 

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.5" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 49" from waist to front hem, 62" to the longest point of back hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4184

Reference Photo: Pre-Fall 2011 Nina Ricci Collection, Look 18. Model Caroline Brasch Nielsen.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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